The '''North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences''' ('''NCMNS''') is located in Raleigh, North Carolina
. This museum
is the oldest established museum in North Carolina
and the largest museum of its kind in the Southeastern United States|Southeast
. It has about 1.2 million visitors annually.
As of 2013, it was the state's most popular museum or historic destination among visitors.
The museum's campus consists of four facets: the Nature Exploration Center (NEC; formerly the "Main Building") and the Nature Research Center on Jones Street in Downtown Raleigh, the Prairie Ridge Ecostation satellite facility and outdoor classroom in northwest Raleigh near William B. Umstead State Park
, and the North Carolina Museum of Forestry located in Whiteville, North Carolina
The museum is a division of the state North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources|Department of Natural and Cultural...